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The Story Behind Frankenstein; Or the Modern Prometheus

A stormy evening closes in on a villa not far from Lake Geneva. The group of friends gathered there read ghost stories to pass the time. Inspired by these tales of the supernatural, one member of the group proposes a challenge to the others: to write their own horror stories. Sounds like the makings of a scary movie, right? Now realize it is 1816 and the challenger is none other than Lord Byron, that this group of friends includes Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Byron’s physician, Dr. Joh...
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“REVEALED A STRANGE AND UNKNOWN WORLD, FULL OF EXCITING WONDERS… POINTED THE WAY TO ITS POSSIBILITIES FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT”

LEWIS, Meriwether and CLARK, William. History of the Expedition Under the Command. Philadelphia, 1814. Two volumes.

Exceptionally rare first edition, one of only 1,417 copies printed, of the definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent, with the famous large folding map of the course of the expedition and five in-text maps. $250,000.


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“THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE WORK IN SCIENCE”

DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species. London, 1859.

Rare first edition of “certainly the most important biological book ever written” (Freeman, 73). The copy of biologist Charles Wyville Thomson, lead scientific officer on the Challenger expedition and a critic of Darwin's views on natural selection. $160,000.


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THE ONLY THEATRICAL WORK CERVANTES EVER PUBLISHED

CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. Ocho Comedias. Madrid, 1615.

First edition of Cervantes’ fifth book, his only theatrical work published in his lifetime and published the year before his death. Of extraordinary rarity. $145,000.


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